WHAT LENGTHENS TRYING TIME?
“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:”
“That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
For every trying time, there is a reason for it and the reason is to work out patience, and until patience does it work perfectly, you may not be out of that time. Until you understand what patience is, that trying time may not go, and the purpose of patience is to work out experience of victory.
What is patience?
1. It is the gap between the time you pray and the time the prayer gets answered.
2. It is not waiting with the mindset of ‘what will be will be’.
3. It is not waiting on top of the issue and worrying, but waiting on top of it without worry.
4. It is when that issue is no more your everyday prayer point.
5. It is first a state of mind than an action.
6. It is to be still in hope and strong in faith.
7. It is to be unmoved and unbothered despite the trials.
HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE OUT OF PATIENCE?
1. When you remind yourself and God about the situation always.
“After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?”
” And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.”
Abram kept on reminding God about his situation anytime He had an encounter with God. Even after God had made the covenant with him, he was impatient. In verse 16, he went further to commit sin by having a sexual affair with his house maid. But in verse 17, God told him to be patient, and until he achieved this, his name was not changed and he couldn’t lay hold on the promise of God for his life.
2. When the burden is always on your heart.
Appearing before God always, with the burden in your heart is lack of trust in God. It implies that you are telling God that though you’ve told Him about it, but you’re not sure He will be able to handle it well. Keep off the burden in your heart and move on. God is able and capable of handling the situation, you just trust in him.
EFFECTS OF IMPATIENCE
1. You will be unstable
“Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.”
You will be tossed to and fro, you won’t be able to be rooted in the God ordained Zion for your life.
2. You wander away from your God-ordained prophet.
3. You prolong your waiting time
” But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and” entire, wanting nothing.
“For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
4. You will desperately make wrong decision
“How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.”
Those that murmur use to die because God always hears murmuring and He hates it a lot.
I decree upon your life that the spirit of impatience die today in the name of Jesus. In the next part (Part4), I shall be telling you what to do while waiting.
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